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City of Poughkeepsie Gets Federal Aid to Bolster City Police Ranks

City of Poughkeepsie officials were joined by Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney at a press conference today to outline how federal funds will bolster the city’s police ranks.

The city already has taken steps to retain officers and attract them from other departments and has increased its ranks from 79 to 89 officers. Consequently, the City is now able to access $630,000 from the Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) funds that Congressman Maloney helped to secure in 2015. The City Police Department had to be staffed at a certain level to be eligible to use the funds.

City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison addresses a news conference today in Poughkeepsie as Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, at left, looks on. They were joined by City of Poughkeepsie police officials to outline how federal funds will bolster the City’s police ranks.

“We appreciate Congressman Maloney’s leadership and determination to see the city get to the point where we could make use of these funds,” Mayor Rob Rolison said. “The congressman continues to be strong advocate for the City and for addressing its needs.”

“Our brave police officers put their lives on the line every day to protect our communities, which is why I’ve made it my priority to fight for the resources they need to keep crime off our streets. I’m proud to stand with Mayor Rolison and Police Chief Pape as we celebrate new hires on the force and safer communities in the Hudson Valley,” said Congressman Maloney.

Since joining Congress in 2013, Congressman Maloney has fought for significant investments to police and fire departments throughout the Hudson Valley. Funding for police has been used primarily to hire more police officers and fortify community policing efforts.

This grant will enable the City to hire up to five additional police officers.

City Police Chief Thomas Pape said, “These officers will greatly aid our department to curb crime and do more community policing. The City is firmly committed to public safety, as demonstrated by recently released statistics showing most categories of violent crimes have dropped dramatically over the last decade.”

Earlier this year, the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services released trends tracked over a10-year period that show violent crimes dropped from 417 in 2009 to 216 in 2018, a 48.2 percent decrease. Robberies, burglaries, and property crimes also have fallen by 50 percent or more during that same timeframe.

The City’s Police Officer Retention Program has raised salaries for officers, keeping the City competitive with its neighbors and other regional police departments. As a result, the City has restored the community policing unit, which allows officers to concentrate on patrolling particular areas of the city in order to form a stronger bond with the citizens living and working there.

The City also has placed a school resource officer in the Poughkeepsie City School District.

Sign Up for City of Poughkeepsie’s Emergency Notification System

The City of Poughkeepsie is offering new ways for residents to receive emergency notifications and encourages people to sign up for them.

Through the Hyper-Reach Broadcast system, residents can select whether they want to receive notifications via email, text message or telephone call, or a combination of these options.

 “This system is cutting edge and should prove to be the most responsive to the public’s needs,” said Mayor Rob Rolison.

 The system can be used in an array of circumstances, from locating missing children to evacuating a neighborhood in the event of an emergency. You can also choose for automatic weather alerts specific for the City of Poughkeepsie. You can enter your home, business, and/or church address, or an address of a family member who lives in the City of Poughkeepsie.

 “It’s important people fill out the information carefully,” said Christopher Bodin, Network Support Specialist of the City of Poughkeepsie Police /911 system. “For instance, please be sure to choose the correct street address so that any emergency alerts affecting only your immediate area will reach you.”

 Anyone who would like to receive community alerts may register for Hyper-Reach notifications here: https://signup.hyper-reach.com/hyper_reach/sign_up_page_2/?id=75882 or call 845-205-0596. The service is available in English and Spanish.

From the down menu, you can select cell phone, voice and/or text messages, landline or home/business phone, TDD/TTY for the hearing impaired, and/or an email address. You can also choose more than one phone number or email for the specific address.

 Emergency messages will be coordinated with the assistance of the City of Poughkeepsie E-911 Center and the City of Poughkeepsie Police Public Information Office.

The system can also be used to send out non-emergency community messages, such as known road closures and community activities, to anyone who has signed up to receive alerts.

 “We’re honored to have been selected by the City of Poughkeepsie to provide its emergency alerts,” said Sam Asher, President of Hyper-Reach.  “It’s gratifying to be part of an effort to save lives and protect property and we take that responsibility very seriously.”

 If more information including any issues related to signing up, contact Christopher Bodin of the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department at 845-451-4104 or by email at [email protected]

City of Poughkeepsie Release Results of Community Survey on Policing

The City of Poughkeepsie has received the results of surveys sent to randomly selected households to gauge the public’s feelings about community-police interactions. The surveys included dozens of questions, ranging from people’s perception and fear of crime to their satisfaction and encounters with police.

For instance, when asked to rate the safety of their neighborhood, 65 percent responded their neighborhood is safe or very safe, compared to 11 percent saying their neighborhood is very dangerous or dangerous.

The surveys were sent out in English and Spanish and could be filled out anonymously. They were initially mailed to 3,000 residents across the eight wards within the City of Poughkeepsie. Reminder postcards were sent out two weeks after the initial mailing, and an additional 800 surveys were sent out to the four least responsive wards. There were a total of 389 surveys returned, a 10.24 percent response rate.

“We appreciate those who took the time to fill out the survey,” said Mayor Rob Rolison. “But our work is far from done. Our outreach efforts will occur on a continuing basis. Our officers are out on the streets every day interacting with people in positive ways.”

The Marist College Center for Social Justice Research aided with the survey and tabulated the results.

“The Marist Center for Social Justice Research (MCSJR) facilitates interdisciplinary research teams of faculty, students, and community partners to conduct engaged social science research with direct impact on the mid-Hudson Valley region,” said Dr. Carol Rinke, Associate Professor of Education and Coordinator of the Marist Center for Social Justice Research (MCSJR).

“For this project, MCSJR partnered with the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department to collect, analyze, and report on data from the 2018 community survey.”

The survey is just one of many initiatives the police department has undertaken to strengthen community relations. Earlier this year, police placed a school resource officer in the City of Poughkeepsie School District, improved the complaint form process and restored the community policing unit. The department is working on other strategies, including equipping the officers with body cameras and completing implicit bias training. 

“The survey is helpful,” said Police Chief Tom Pape. “It gives us insights about what the community is thinking. That will aid us out in the streets, and as we continue with our internal training and public outreach efforts.”

The results of this survey come on the heels of a report from the state Division of Criminal Justice Services showing a decrease in crime in the city. Specifically, violent crimes have dropped from 417 in 2009 to 216 in 2018, a 48.2 percent decrease. And robberies, burglaries and property crimes also have fallen by 50 percent or more during the same timeframe.

You can read the results of the survey here: http://cityofpoughkeepsie.com/wp-content/files/police/ProceduralJustice_survey_results.pdf

City Police Give Detailed Updates to Common Council

On Monday, April 29, City of Poughkeepsie police officials gave detailed insights into their work, including new initiatives involving community policing and having a school resource officer in the city school district.

Department officials made this presentation before the Common Council.

They also unveiled new feedback forms that can be used by the public for complaints and commendations of the actions by officers. Those forms are available at http://cityofpoughkeepsie.com/police-department.

Department officials also gave the Common Council updates on the implementation of body cameras for officers and training in procedural justice and understanding implicit bias.

Recently, the state Division of Criminal Justice Services released statistics showing a decrease in crime in the city. Specifically, violent crimes have dropped from 417 in 2009 to 216 in 2018, a 48.2 percent decrease. And robberies, burglaries and property crimes also have fallen by 50 percent or more during the same timeframe.

Traffic Advisory – April 16th & April 17th

On Tuesday and Wednesday (April 16th &17th), from roughly 8am until 6pm, HBO will be filming in the area of Mt. Carmel Pl., Delafield St., Hoffman St., Bain Ave., Washington St., and Verazzano Blvd.

Parking is restricted in those areas.  Temporary “No Parking” signs have been placed with the appropriate dates and times.  Vehicular traffic will be affected as intermittent road closures will be necessary.  Please plan accordingly.

City Swears-In Seven Police Officers

The City of Poughkeepsie Police Department has bolstered its ranks, with seven recruits being sworn-in as officers during a ceremony Wednesday.

The new officers are: Justin P. Consalvo, Danielle M. Costa, Paul Henne, Kyriacos Kyriacou, Gregory Schweizer, Kevin Smith and Robert Prince.

Mayor Rob Rolison officiated, saying “This is a great day for the City of Poughkeepsie. Public safety is the utmost concern, and we have been able to replenish the ranks steadily in the effort to get us back to full force.”

City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison with new officers Robert Prince, Kyriacos Kyriacou, Paul Henne, Danielle M. Costa, Kevin Smith, Justin P. Consalvo, and Gregory Schweizer.

City Police Chief Thomas Pape said, “These officers will greatly help our department curb crime and keep people safe. With the community’s help, we are making excellent strides, as demonstrated by the most recent statistics on violent crimes in the city.”

Last week, the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services released trends tracked over a10-year period that show many categories of violent crimes have decreased in the City of Poughkeepsie.

Specifically, violent crimes have dropped from 417 in 2009 to 216 in 2018, a 48.2 percent decrease. And robberies, burglaries, and property crimes also have fallen by 50 percent or more during that same timeframe.

Last year, the City of Poughkeepsie also passed measures intended to retain officers and attract them from other departments. The city has subsequently increased its ranks from 79 to 92 officers, including the officers added Wednesday.

The swearing-in ceremony took place in the Poughkeepsie Common Council Chambers at City Hall.

Violent Crime Stats: Decrease in Poughkeepsie Over a 10-Year Period

The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services has released trends tracked over a 10-year period that show many categories of violent crimes have decreased in the City of Poughkeepsie.

Through its Gun Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE) initiative, the Division of Criminal Justice Services targets 20 jurisdictions within 17 counties upstate, including the City of Poughkeepsie, and on Long Island.

Referring to trends in Poughkeepsie, Mayor Rob Rolison said, “There are highly encouraging signs here. While there always will be more work to do, the city police department and public should be proud of this headway.”

Specifically,

  • Violent crimes have dropped from 417 in 2009 to 216 in 2018, a 48.2 percent decrease.
  • Robberies are down from 206 in 2009 to 59 in 2018, a 71.4 percent decrease.
  • Burglaries have declined from 274 in 2009 to 85 in 2018, a 69 percent decrease.
  • Property crimes also have been reduced – from 1,030 in 2009 to 494 in 2018, a 52 percent decrease.
  • Larcenies have dipped from 691 in 2009 to 374 in 2018, a 45.9 percent decrease.
  • And firearm-related violent crimes have dropped from 90 in 2009 to 43 in 2018.

Last year, the City of Poughkeepsie also passed measures intended to retain officers and attract them from other departments. The city has subsequently increased its ranks from 79 to 86 officers. The city also will be swearing in six more officers on April 10.

“We’re grateful to be making progress on curbing crime in Poughkeepsie, and for the help we get from our state partners,” said City Police Chief Thomas Pape.

Though the Division of Criminal Justice Services, GIVE provides state funding to law enforcement to support operations, training and technical assistance. In 2018, GIVE jurisdictions reported the lowest ever index crime total in the 10-year period.  You can read the entire report here: http://cityofpoughkeepsie.com/wp-content/files/mayor/GIVE10YearTrendbyJurisdiction.pdf

City Police Seek Additional Information About March 11th Incidents

On Monday March 11, 2019, at approximately 4:00pm, The City of Poughkeepsie Police Department responded to the intersection of the east-bound arterial highway and Hammersley Avenue for multiple calls for a fight involving a large group of students walking home from school. The Police Department is aware of a 17-second video, posted to social media, of a police response which spanned more than ten minutes. There are multiple juveniles in the video who appear to be recording the incident with their mobile phones. The Police Department is asking the public’s assistance in identifying any witnesses to the incident and providing any additional video that may be available.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact the City of Poughkeepsie Police Detective Division at 845-451-4142. 

***** Update*****

The City of Poughkeepsie Police Department has obtained from a member of the community a new video taken approximately fifteen to twenty minutes prior to the Monday March 11, 2019 incident. It is believed that this incident is the precursor to the police response at Hammersley Avenue and Church Street. The Police Department is attempting to identify the victim and aggressors in this incident.  There are multiple witnesses to this incident as it was during school dismissal and two blocks from the high school. This violent, tumultuous act occurred at the intersection of South White Street and Fox Terrace. At this time the Police Department has not had any victim of this violent assault come forward to report the incident.

We appreciate the public’s patience during the investigation of this incident and are asking the community’s continued assistance in providing any information available to the City of Poughkeepsie Police Detective Division at 845-451-4142. 

This video may be disturbing to some viewers:https://adobe.ly/2JhdKGG

Traffic Alert: Friday, September 7th – First Friday PK+ThinkDIFFERENTLY: Bee the Light

On Friday, September 7th, from 1:15pm to 9:00pm, motorists should expect impacts around Market Street & Main Street during the First Friday Poughkeepsie and ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash events:

  • 1:15PM: Market St east side lanes will close to car traffic (from Church St. to Main St.) Only one lane (westside) will be open for vehicles.
  • 4:15PM – 8:30PM: Market St will close completely and will remain closed till end of event
  • 4:15PM: The ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash packet pick up will begin across from 22 Market Street (DMV building)
  • 5:00PM: First Friday begins (road closed from Church St-Arterial east bound to Main St County Court House.)
  • 5:15PM-6:30PM: Additional city street closures will occur on Main, Academy, and Cannon Streets see race route below
  • 5:30PM: Think DIFFERENTLY Dash and Queen City Mile start

The Think DIFFERENTLY Dash race route is as follows: Start in front of 22 Market Street. Take right on Main Street to light at Academy St. Right on Academy to Cannon St. Right on Cannon back to Market. Right unto Market St. to finish. The Think DIFFERENTLY Dash is one loop around and the Queen City Mile will be two loops around.

Event Parking

Closest event parking will be in the following locations:

Liberty Street, Academy Street, Financial Lot (high rise across from Mid-Hudson Civic Center).

Carpooling is encouraged.

City Police Partner with MedicAlert Foundation to Provide Free Medical IDs and Services to Community Members At-Risk for Wandering

The City of Poughkeepsie Police Department, in partnership with MedicAlert Foundation, has announced a free program aimed to protect community members with dementia and autism who are at-risk for wandering emergencies. Through the new program, the Poughkeepsie PD will now be able to enroll City of Poughkeepsie residents (and their caregivers), via an online portal, into the MedicAlert national registry/database to receive a free medical identification bracelet and free 24/7 emergency support services.

While the wandering statistics for Alzheimer’s disease and autism are staggering (6 in 10 adults with Alzheimer’s or related dementia will wander, and 50% of individuals with autism spectrum disorders will engage in elopement behavior); MedicAlert has been hailed as an important part of the overall safety plan for families with a loved one at-risk of wandering. The charity reports that there is a 98% success rate for locating missing persons when MedicAlert products and services are utilized.

MedicAlert has developed specialized services to address wandering emergencies: MedicAlert® + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return® is for individuals with Alzheimer’s or related dementia, and MedicAlert Found® is for children and adults with autism spectrum and developmental disorders. These services are being offered at no charge to community members, along with a free MedicAlert identification bracelet. “We know that wandering is a grave concern for families, especially those with loved ones who have a dementia or autism spectrum diagnosis,” says David Leslie, President and CEO for MedicAlert Foundation. “Therefore, we are pleased to work with the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department to further protect their community members who are at risk.”

“We are very fortunate to be able to provide this service to some of our most vulnerable residents and I would like to thank the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department, but especially the MedicAlert Foundation for helping us with this lifesaving program,” stated City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison.

Free Medical ID & 24/7 Services

Families that are interested in obtaining the free medical ID and 24/7 services should contact Christopher Bodin of the City of Poughkeepsie PD at 845-451-4104 or visit http://cityofpoughkeepsie.com/police-department/medicalert/

About MedicAlert Foundation

Established in 1956, the nonprofit MedicAlert Foundation pioneered the use of medical IDs and delivers the most dependable, responsive, and trusted Emergency Identification and Medical Information Network. MedicAlert Foundation medical IDs alert emergency personnel to a member’s primary health conditions, medications or implanted medical devices. In addition to its 24-hour emergency response service, MedicAlert Foundation also provides family and caregiver notification so that members can be reunited with their loved ones. MedicAlert Foundation’s L.E.A.P. program is a nation-wide program available to all law enforcement agencies who wish to protect their community members who are at-risk for wandering, visit www.medicalert.org/leap for more information.